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​Using Risk Profile Summaries to Oversee Top Risks

  • 7 January 2017
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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Mark Beasley, Deloitte Professor of ERM at NC State University, interviews Keith Cureton, Vice President of Global Compliance and Ethics at UPS based in Atlanta, about how risk information is…

2017 Top Risks Report: Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2017

  • 6 January 2017
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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Research conducted by the ERM Initiative at NC State University in partnership with Protiviti finds that executives across all types and sizes of organizations that span a number of industries…

5 Books that Welcomed me to Games and Gamification

  • 5 January 2017
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This post was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen The value of reading With non-fiction, I usually read quickly (scan), apply what I’ve learned, then come back later as needed to refresh. I prefer to learn by doing. This is the case for my education in gamification, too (I built an iPhone app instead of … Continue reading 5 Books that Welcomed me to Games and Gamification

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Where to Start Your Gamification Journey

  • 3 January 2017
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This post is written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen.  Gamification has evolved As Yu-kai discusses in Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards, gamification has been around and has evolved to the point that many professionals have heard about or even engaged with at least elementary gamification material. Some people immediately see the advantages … Continue reading Where to Start Your Gamification Journey

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How to Create a Gamified Chore App with Octalysis

  • 27 December 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 25
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen. Kids don’t like chores Getting kids active and participating in household chores has many benefits, but have you ever had trouble persuading your kids to help out around the house? I know as I kid I wasn’t easily persuaded to do things that weren’t my idea. … Continue reading How to Create a Gamified Chore App with Octalysis

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Implementing Gamification in Your Organization Part 1/4: Getting Buy-In from Your Boss

  • 20 December 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen, based on knowledge shared by Yu-kai Chou.  Workplace gamification interest is growing We recently asked you why you were part of the Octalysis Explorers Facebook group or joined the Kickstarter for Octalysis Prime. The largest segment of responses fell into this category: “I want to … Continue reading Implementing Gamification in Your Organization Part 1/4: Getting Buy-In from Your Boss

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Why You Should Create Year-END Resolutions

  • 13 December 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen.  Why You Should Create Year-END Resolutions Have you started thinking about your New Years’ Resolutions yet? If you haven’t, you’re likely to be tempted by the torrent of articles written this time of year on the subject. But you know better. New Years’ Resolutions don’t … Continue reading Why You Should Create Year-END Resolutions

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Fitbit, Peloton – Do Fitness Apps Really Work?

  • 6 December 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 27
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This post was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen and edited by Chief Editor Angel Cheng.   Do Fitness Apps Really Work? Health and well-being and fitness are hard to quantify, yet we can see health and well-being when we see it. Even stronger, we can feel it. We definitely feel it when things … Continue reading Fitbit, Peloton – Do Fitness Apps Really Work?

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Why Seller Motivation Needs a Makeover

  • 1 December 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This guest post was written by Jonathan Palay, Co-founder of CommercialTribe Why Seller Motivation Needs a Makeover From the time we entered the cognitive revolution in 70,000 BC, the human species set off on a more prosperous course, largely driven by our ability to work together.  So it should come as no surprise that sales can … Continue reading Why Seller Motivation Needs a Makeover

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Gamification Analysis: How Snapchat Launched Spectacles

  • 29 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This article is written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen along with Yu-kai Chou. Making moves Snap Inc. is making moves. First, it built a cool mobile-only camera and messaging app with millions of engaged users. Snaps are ephemeral and the app opens on the camera. The founders famously turned down a $3-billion offer from … Continue reading Gamification Analysis: How Snapchat Launched Spectacles

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FINALLY!! Beginner’s Guide to Gamification (22 of 90): Onboarding Phase of Player’s Journey

  • 26 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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Onboarding Phase of Player’s Journey Long overdue, but not forgotten. Here is the 22nd installment of the iconic Beginner’s Guide to Gamification! It was delayed because of my focus on Octalysis Prime, but now I am back. Now that I got Final Cut Pro for OP, I can also input multiple subtitles on a screen, … Continue reading FINALLY!! Beginner’s Guide to Gamification (22 of 90): Onboarding Phase of Player’s Journey

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Why Commissions Hurt Productivity and Job Satisfaction

  • 22 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Goes to… Contract theory is evolving. This year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences went to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström for their contributions to contract theory. In the 1970s, Holmström’s informativeness principle helped define how a contract should link an agent’s … Continue reading Why Commissions Hurt Productivity and Job Satisfaction

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Trump vs Clinton: How Donald’s Charisma and Emotion Stacked Up Against Hillary’s

  • 15 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen with Yu-kai’s video commentary of the first 2016 presidential debate as source material.  How did Trump win? A lot of people are trying to figure out how Donald Trump got enough votes in the right places to win the 2016 American presidential election. In this … Continue reading Trump vs Clinton: How Donald’s Charisma and Emotion Stacked Up Against Hillary’s

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Gamifying Kickstarter: Bears vs Babies Case Study

  • 8 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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  This post was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen after Octalysis community member, Ivan Lee, notified Yu-kai about the story. An over-performing Kickstarter campaign What is Bears vs Babies? It’s a game. It was created by the same people who made Exploding Kittens: Elan Lee (XBox, ARGs) and Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal). The … Continue reading Gamifying Kickstarter: Bears vs Babies Case Study

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Why We Procrastinate On Simple Things

  • 1 November 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 26
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This article was written by Erik van Mechelen. Content is based on a video on OctalysisPrime.com from Yu-kai Chou.  Our Friend, Procrastination We’ve all been there. You need to write an important email to a friend, client or investor. But you do other things instead. Even if that email is simple or short, you might … Continue reading Why We Procrastinate On Simple Things

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Critical Analysis of “Why We Love Games That Most Enrage Us”: Why We Actually Enjoy Hard Fun

  • 25 October 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 29
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This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen with significant input from Yu-kai Chou and the Octalysis Prime community. All mistakes are Erik’s. All good bits are the community’s.  We Don’t Like Hard Fun Because It Enrages Us Earlier this year, John Pavlus (non-fiction writer and filmmaker) wrote an article about education and hard fun. It … Continue reading Critical Analysis of “Why We Love Games That Most Enrage Us”: Why We Actually Enjoy Hard Fun

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Gamification Analysis of Snapchat: How Camera and Storytelling Captured Attention

  • 18 October 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 5
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This article is written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen.  Attention from the Start Snapchat has surpassed Facebook and Instagram as the go-to app for teens. Having famously turned down a $3-billion offer from Facebook and the company’s name change to Snap Inc. and the rumblings of an IPO, let’s take a moment to consider … Continue reading Gamification Analysis of Snapchat: How Camera and Storytelling Captured Attention

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Motivation: Why It’s Dumb To Pay Your Contractors Late

  • 11 October 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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  This article was cowritten by Yu-kai Chou and Erik van Mechelen. Paying Contractors late is NOT Savvy Throughout the years, I’ve worked with many business owners who ask for my expertise in motivation design and gamification. However, I have been surprised by how many times business owners BRAG about how they pay their contractors last … Continue reading Motivation: Why It’s Dumb To Pay Your Contractors Late

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COSO Releases Exposure Draft of an Update to the 2004 ERM Framework

  • 24 June 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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COSO Releases Exposure Draft of an Update to the 2004 ERM Framework

Benefits Realization: The Agile Way

Agile encourages project teams to work with the sponsor to understand the greater context surrounding the project. With this broader understanding, the team can look for ways of structuring the project to improve the chances that the business will actually achieve the business case benefits.

Gamification Analysis of Slack (Octalysis Level I)

  • 21 June 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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I first used Slack with friends in a mastermind. Later, I created my own group to give and receive one-on-one feedback with other writers. In the mastermind case, I downloaded Slack thanks to Core Drive 5: Social Influence & Relatedness (my friend sending the invite) with the aim of improving our group’s ability to stay … Continue reading Gamification Analysis of Slack (Octalysis Level I)

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Anti Core Drives: What Pulls Us Away From a Desired Actions

  • 14 June 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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You Want To, But You Won’t Anti Core Drives are the motivational pulls away from a Desired Action. Oftentimes, an Anti Core Drive opposes a Core Drive enough to entice a user to make an Undesired Action. For several years, my brother Mark has contemplated leaving work as a risk manager and crude analyst for an … Continue reading Anti Core Drives: What Pulls Us Away From a Desired Actions

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5 Reasons why Gary Vaynerchuk has an “Addictive” Brand

  • 9 June 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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Guest Post on Gary Vaynerchuk’s Engagement Design Are you following Gary on Facebook or Snapchat? Are you watching the #askgaryvee show or Dailyvee? Getting increasingly popular with entrepreneurs, Gary has found a winning formula to hook us to his content. It goes beyond simply being ‘good content’. What makes his stuff so addictive? In this … Continue reading 5 Reasons why Gary Vaynerchuk has an “Addictive” Brand

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Level II Octalysis for Team Managers

  • 7 June 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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Written by Yu-kai Chou with the help of Erik van Mechelen. Now You’re a Manager When Erik was selected to manage a four-person intern team at Target in 2012 after less than two years with the company, he was really excited for the challenge. He wasn’t sure if his manager knew it then, but at … Continue reading Level II Octalysis for Team Managers

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Tips for being a better listener

We all know we should be better listeners. This School of Life video gives 5 specific things we can focus on to improve.




Memorial Day 2016

  • 30 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Memorialday

If we don't remember those who have died, they died for nothing

From 1775 to Present - 2,852,901

Hotel Gamification Case Study: LuckyDiem

  • 27 May 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 20
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Gamification of the Retail and Hospitality Industry When I’m not under confidentiality agreements, I love promoting my clients and the work they are doing. Some of my clients work in marketing and hustle to implement good gamification design to significantly improve key marketing metrics for a variety of businesses. One example is the New York … Continue reading Hotel Gamification Case Study: LuckyDiem

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Estimating on Agile Projects

  • 26 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Here's a straightforward approach to estimating on agile projects. This is an example of the estimating profession found on many domains. 

The Bow-Tie Analysis:  A Multipurpose ERM Tool

  • 26 May 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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As Executive Director of North Carolina State University’s ERM Initiative, Bonnie Hancock works closely with senior executives as they design and implement enterprise risk management (ERM) processes in organizations they…

2016 CIO Success Guide

Is it getting easier or harder to enjoy long-term success as a CIO these days? Has 2016 placed greater demands on CIOs, or is it a repeat of the last few years?

Quote of the Day

  • 22 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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"It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision that the nature of the subject admits, and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible." Aristotle 

 

Quote of the Day

  • 19 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
— Bruce Lee

Any new innovative or revolutionary suggestion in the software development world, needs to be anchored on the established principles of how to manage the spend of other people's money. If it's your own money, spend as you please - no one cares.

But if you're spending other people's money to produce value in exchange for that money, those providing the money likely have a fiduciary obligation to know something to some level of confidence how much it will cost, when it will be done, and what they'll get for that that cost and time.

To suggest otherwise without a foundation of principles by which this new and innovative idea can be tested is selling snake oil to the uninformed. That approach has worked since the dawn of time - I have the solution to your unnamed ailment, just try this magic elixir and all will be better. 

What I Learned About KPIs from My Six-Year-Old

  • 19 May 2016
  • Author: David_Wilsey
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I arrived to pick up my daughter on the last day of art camp just in time for program evaluations. Since we at the Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI) use evaluation data for course improvement, I ...

Predicting Shake-Up Strategies

  • 18 May 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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Identifying risks that currently plague your business is one thing, but what about future risks? What about the unforeseen black swan or disruptive strategies your competitors plan on implementing in the near future? This article attempts to guide organizations in anticipating disruptive strategies to assist established companies in maintaining their market share. Some companies fail to change their definition of the market while others fail to consider the current environment. To avoid falling into common traps the article lists nine patterns of disruption that can help identify a disruptive strategy.

Risk Management in the Internet of Things

  • 18 May 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
  • Number of views: 13
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Risk Management for the Internet of Things Today’s world is defined by more than just the internet and shared data; it is defined by connected technology that can create, process,…

Case Studies on Integration of ERM with Strategy

  • 18 May 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
  • Number of views: 14
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NC State University's ERM Initiative is pleased to release a new thought paper, Integration of ERM with Strategy, that highlights three case study illustrations of how organizations have successfully integrated their enterprise-wide risk management efforts with their value creating initiatives. These case studies are based on real life examples of how companies have attempted to better integrate their ERM process within their strategic planning process.

A Manager’s Framework To Behavioral Strategy

  • 18 May 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
  • Number of views: 13
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Understanding how employees and consumers make decisions on a daily basis can significantly improve a manager’s chances of achieving critical business objectives. However, in attempting to apply key learnings from behavioral economics, a manager may also fall prey to one of the most common biases of them all: choice overload. In order to mitigate the probability of this tendency occurring, this article assists executives in developing the appropriate framework to best achieve business objectives.

The long table

  • 17 May 2016
  • Author: Gamestorming
  • Number of views: 11
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The Long Table is a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course. The project ingeniously combines theatricality and models for public engagement. It is at once a stylised appropriation and an open-ended, non-hierarchical format for participation. Both of these elements – theatrical craft and political commitment – are mutually supporting in this widely and internationally toured work. The (often-feminised) domestic realm here becomes a stage for public thought.

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Nick Nickolaisen trust ownership model

  • 10 May 2016
  • Author: Alstair_Cockburn
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Here is my stylized redrawing of Neil Nickolaisen’s most recent 2×2 matrix, on command and control versus energy and innovation.
I’m allergic to that 2×2 shape, so I redraw them.

Here I’m showing the path from command and control to energy and innovation, with the dark pits of apathy and conflict on the side.
YMMV, as they say.

Niel Nickolaisen prioritization

  • 10 May 2016
  • Author: Alstair_Cockburn
  • Number of views: 10
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Niel Nickolaisen’s most notable 2×2 stylized, but this one has my ahem “correction” to his upper left. I think that’s a DANGER! section, because that’s where innovator’s dilemma and disruptive innovation happen. So get it out of there, using lean startup techniques, etc.

“Parity” means, just do as well as anyone else, better than that is not going to help you.

The punchline is, move everything to parity or the trash bin if possible.
What’s left are your crown jewels. Make them few and awesome.

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Quote of the Day

  • 4 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Predictions are always difficult - especially about the future ― Niels Bohr
― Neandertal's Guide to Cost Estimating, Naval Aviation Systems

This is a quote often used by those conjecturing that estimating is a waste. The quote is true of course. Making predictions about the future is difficult. But that has nothing to do with the need for predictions and the estimates that support them.  When making decisions in the presence of uncertainty about some outcome in the future - this is the basis of Microeconomics of decision making.

Engagement Platform Captain Up Releases New Funny Video

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 10
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Captain Up is not afraid to use quirky humor and make some fun out of itself If you haven’t noticed, I have a widget on the right side of my site that adds some fun game elements to the experience. It’s powered by Captain Up. Initially, I put it up as an experiment for PBL […]

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Accelerating Product Innovation Through Agile Development and Continuous Engineering

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 3
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Embedded software developers face the same mounting software creation burdens and tighter time-to-market windows that fueled broader use of more collaborative software development practices in the IT realm. However, the ...

Achieving Faster Time to Quality With Continuous Verification

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 10
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Continuous engineering is an enterprise capability that speeds the delivery of increasingly sophisticated and connected products by helping businesses better meet the accelerated pace of change. Continuous engineering can help ...

Build on What's Common to Create Something New with Strategic Reuse

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 11
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'Strategic Reuse' is a development method in which an organization realizes a business strategy by implementing improved engineering practices, organizational supports and effective engineering tools. Strategic reuse enables a ...

Agile Development – Why requirements matter

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 3
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The clear benefits of agile development—better collaboration, incremental delivery, early error detection and the elimination of unnecessary work—have made it the default approach for many teams. Agile methods are also being ...

Unlocking Engineering Knowledge for Rapid Innovation

  • 3 May 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Take a look around our modern world, and you’ll see smarter products everywhere. From medical devices to cars to smart power grids, the products in our everyday lives are more intelligent, instrumented and interconnected than ...

Quote of the Day

  • 2 May 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Guessa conjecture based on little or no evidence
Estimatea guess made by an expert 
― Neandertal's Guide to Cost Estimating
, Naval Aviation Systems 

All project work is based on probabilities driven by statistical processes.  All decisions made on projects for time, cost, and technical performance involve making decision in the presence of uncertanty. To attempt to make those decisions in the absence of estimating the impact of the decisions is foolhardy at best and doomed to failure at worst.

HIGHLIGHTS from last week’s Spring 2016 ERM ROUNDTABLE SUMMIT on Friday, April 22, 2016

  • 30 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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Bonnie V. HancockExecutive Director, NC State's ERM Initiative As Executive Director of North Carolina State University’s ERM Initiative, Bonnie Hancock works closely with  senior executives as they design and implement…

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2016 The State of Risk Oversight Report: An Overview of Enterprise Risk Management Practices

  • 27 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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NC State’s ERM Initiative, in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs, has just released its 2016 The State of Risk Oversight: An Overview of Enterprise Risk Management Practices. Based on survey responses from 441 business executives spanning a number of industries, types and sizes of organizations, the report provides detailed insights about the state of maturity of their organization’s current state of enterprise risk management (ERM) practices. This is the seventh year that we have conducted similar research in partnership with the AICPA.

Taking a Strategic Approach to Emerging Risks

  • 27 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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As Executive Director of North Carolina State University’s ERM Initiative, Bonnie Hancock works closely with senior executives as they design and implement enterprise risk management (ERM) processes in organizations they…

IBM Executive Summary: The next-generation data center

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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This Executive Summary of the Next Generation Data Center white paper highlights IBM’s vision for the next-generation data center, its potential to be truly revolutionary and the prescribed pathway for getting there.

Top Ten Criteria for Selecting a Managed Services Provider

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 3
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When you’re faced with growing expectations to create business value with limited resources, where can you turn? Increasingly, IT organizations are looking to trusted IT services providers like IBM to help reduce cost, manage ...

Optimized Sourcing in the Hybrid IT Environment

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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This research paper from Saugatuck Technology discusses the multi-sourced hybrid IT environment, including how to recognize the needs that can increase costs and compromise operations, and how to optimize the environments for peak ...

The Next-Generation Data Center: A software defined environment where service optimization provides the path

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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This white paper explores IBM’s vision for the next-generation data center, its potential to be truly revolutionary and the prescribed pathway for getting there.

My talk at Google on Octalysis Gamification

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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My talk at Google on Octalysis Gamification Earlier I had the pleasure to do a speech at Google regarding my work on Octalysis Gamification. It is probably the most complete 1.5 hour length content of my work (the next level up is my 4 hour Workshops, 3-Day Workshops, reading my book, and the upcoming Octalysis Prime. […]

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Small-World Networks Article Posted

  • 25 April 2016
  • Author: Johanna_Rothman
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I’m a new contributor to the TechBeacon site. I have an article up, called Small-world networks: a lightweight alternative to SAFe for scaling agile.

Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the OrganizationYes, it’s based on Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization.

Hope you enjoy the article.

The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Tech Certifications

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Download this guide to learn -What to expect with a typical exam -Everything you need to know about picking study materials -Tips for studying effectively -How to know when you're ready for the exam -And more!

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Developer

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Download this guide to -Explore just how in-demand developers are and the growing gap of qualified individuals needed -Discuss the many benefits and perks of being a developer -Enlighten yourself on the myriad of resources at ...

More lies about learning

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Learning and development professionals try to discern facts from legends every day as they create learning solutions designed to meet clients' needs. During this webinar, Larry Israelite focuses on -How to improve ...

JSON is taking over the world

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Fill out the form to watch this webinar with Xavier Morera about how JSON is taking over the world

How Your Team Learns

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Setting aside hours every week to train your employees isn't always enough. It is important to understand how your team actually learns. Download this whitepaper to learn about the different learner types and the strategies that ...

Measure the ROI of Your On-Demand Learning Solutions

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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How can your business truly determine the best potential learning provider—and what should you consider before replacing your existing one? In this 20-minute, on-demand webinar, CEB, Inc. senior learning specialist Christopher ...

Builders vs Breakers: 10 Online Attacks That We Could Have Easily Prevented

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 14
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In this webinar, security expert and Pluralsight author Troy Hunt shares 10 examples of recent online attacks, assesses what went wrong, and tells you how each system could have been built to be resilient to the attack.

Aberdeen Report: Best Practices of best-in-class IT organizations

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 10
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Aberdeen recently polled their analysts in the IT infrastructure group to determine the key performance indicators that set top performing IT organizations apart from the rest. Download this report to learn how to take your ...

3 Ways to Make Time for Learning

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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Training pays. Invest in your employees and that investment comes right back to you. Download this whitepaper to learn the steps to take in order to train your employees which will increase productivity and workplace loyalty.

2016 Skills Report: Top Tech & Creative Trends to Drive Your Learning & Hiring Programs

  • 21 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 14
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Each day comes a new opportunity for your team to jump ahead of the competition by knowing what training you'll need and what skills to hire for. Download this whitepaper to learn more about the key trends to look out for in 2016.

It’s all about Synergy in Pragmatically Serving Clients

  • 20 April 2016
  • Author: LeadingAgile
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Transformation! Agility! Antifragility! Scalability! Sustainability! . . . All conjure up different sensations!

Coaches are catalysts for fostering success by partnering with clients in advancing their business outcomes. Fundamentally, coaches are students of Human Nature and Human Dynamics in the context of the Human Condition . . . Reality!

As Tom Landry elegantly expressed: “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.”

Some coaches leverage organic or mechanistic approaches, emphasize dynamics or mechanics, and use platforms or programs, there simply is no “one way”!

Kindred Spirits . . .

Knowing Mike (@mcottmeyer) and Dennis (@dennisstevens) for many years, we’ve often entertained the potential of collaborating. And on many occasions, it almost happened! However, after Mike and Dennis founded LeadingAgile (@leadingagile), I (@SAlhir) only became that much more intrigued.

As I continued to work with other dear colleagues, including Mark Ferraro (@mark4ro) and Brad Barton (@Brad_Barton), serendipitous events fostered the convergence of my path with LeadingAgile.

Much of Mike’s, Dennis’, and LeadingAgile’s transformation experience is captured in the LeadingAgile Way and much of Mark’s, Brad’s, and my transformation experience is captured in Conscious Agility.

After my announcement regarding working with LeadingAgile, many clients and colleagues queried: How do you reconcile your experience with Mike’s, Dennis’, and LeadingAgile’s experience? My reply: One doesn’t reconcile, but integrates unique experiences — to pragmatically serve our clients and their business outcomes! It’s all about Synergy!

The LeadingAgile Way

LeadingAgile’s transformation experience is captured in the LeadingAgile Way using a Compass, Roadmap, and Journey.

Compass

LeadingAgile’s Compass expresses a “worldview”. It describes four quadrants formed by the intersection of a Predictive-to-Adaptive dimension and Convergent-to-Emergent dimension. The Predictive-to-Adaptive dimension describes a company’s values. The Convergent-to-Emergent dimension describes a company’s customers’ values.

  • The Predictive-Emergent quadrant focuses organizations on building trust.
  • The Predictive-Convergent quadrant focuses organizations on becoming more predictable.
  • The Adaptive-Convergent quadrant focuses organizations on reducing batch size.
  • The Adaptive-Emergent quadrant focuses organizations on fully decoupling teams.

Roadmap

LeadingAgile’s Roadmap expresses a macro-level transformation approach; and includes:

  • Define the Strategy, which sets the destination and defines an end-state vision with a focus on Structure, Gov

Heart of Agile talk by Alistair Cockburn

We recently had Alistair come to the office and give a talk.

The Heart of Agile is a fresh look at Agile that strips away a lot f the cruft that has built up over recent years. This video is interesting and useful.

It goes for about 50 minutes so find yourself some time and a nice quiet place and sit down and listen.

Here it is...



Information Governance: too important to be left to humans

  • 12 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
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This report by AIIM takes an in-depth look at the scale of information governance issues, the drivers to bring it under control, the effectiveness of automated classification, and the impact on risks and costs. Download this ...

Harness the Power of the Cloud to Amplify the Value of Enterprise Content Management

  • 12 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 15
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In today’s digital world, remaining competitive and relevant requires agility and the ability to meet your customers’ needs in near real time. When information or action is required, those who have the ability to respond ...

Why ECM is not Doomed to Fail

  • 12 April 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 11
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Enterprise Content Management Is Not Doomed to Fail. In this whitepaper you'll learn how ECM can be integrated into lead applications, acting as a bridge across silos create business value streamline processes help you ...

Addressing Bribery and Corruption Risk

  • 10 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
  • Number of views: 2
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As globalization continues apace, companies continue to face escalating risk from bribery and corruption threats. To manage this risk, companies must become more knowledgeable of third parties and proactively enforce their anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) risk management processes. KPMG authors Petrus Marais and Jimmy Helm developed a survey to better understand where companies are in their risk management of ABC. Along with determining the risk management maturity of ABC among surveyed participants they also provide some key recommendations to help companies improve their ABC risk management processes.

Guest Post: “Game Over” for Climate Change!

  • 3 April 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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Best of times and worst of times for Behavioral Change (This is a Guest Post by the WeForest Team. They are applying Octalysis to solve global climate change problems, and we love to promote efforts that make the world a better place. If you want to share a similar post, you can email victoria[at]yukaichou[period]com) Shigeru […]

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Stress Tests: A Growth Opportunity

  • 2 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, regulators have found that the need for stress testing in financial institutions is higher than ever. These stress tests are designed to assess an institution’s ability to adapt to financial pressures and survive economic shocks. In addition to being a requirement, stress tests are likely helpful to financial institutions in that they can inform the strategic decision-making process. Ultimately, this report provides a snapshot of financial institutions’ stress test activities today and how they can constructively move forward based on the results. With the stress test results, a stronger, more resilient growth strategy may be developed to provide a path for continued success.

Throwing Caution to the Wind: Effects of CEO Stock Option Pay

  • 2 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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CEO compensation over the years has increasingly become a hot topic. As such, researchers have been studying executive compensation for some time to better understand the relationship between CEO pay and organizational results. This study, authored by Adam J. Wowak, Michael J Mannor, and Kaitlin D. Wowak, examines options-based compensation and its relationship to product safety problems. Unlike other studies which focus on options-based compensation effects on shareholders, this research provides results that suggest that options-based compensation may have a deleterious effect on the consumer.

Board Governance: Expectations and Best Practices Mismatch?

  • 2 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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In recent years, banks and other organizations have been reevaluating how they look at risk in order to better prepare for an uncertain future. This article highlights PwC’s recently released publication about the financial services industry and the regulations they face in the board governance space. In addition to outlining regulatory concerns the article goes on to highlight the actions banks are taking in order to better manage their risk. Included in the publication are comparative statistics between the years 2008 and 2015 to illustrate how far banks have come over the past 7 years. Specific topics covered below include risk governance; past risk practices, board structure and membership changes, growing risk responsibilities, and steps moving forward.

A Risk Manager’s Role in Strategic Leadership

  • 2 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
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A misalignment of risk priorities often exists between the risk manager and the executive decision makers. What can risk managers do to help them establish their significance and contribution to the organization? As in almost any emerging field, risk management requires effective communication and robust contribution from all parties in order to extract the most value for the organization.

Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2016: Survey Report

  • 2 April 2016
  • Author: NCSU.edu
  • Number of views: 2
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Research conducted by the ERM Initiative at NC State University in partnership with Protiviti finds that executives across all types and sizes of organizations that span a number of industries…

Forecasting Program Performance

  • 29 March 2016
  • Author: Herding_Cats
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Program Performance Management is a core process for any successful business venture that develops products

How Did I Get an MBA Without Learning This?

  • 24 March 2016
  • Author: David_Wilsey
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Most MBA programs pride themselves as being the ”practical” degree that will best prepare its students for any number of management roles. And I have to admit that I can point to that degree as a ...

Influential Agile Leader on Projects at Work

  • 18 March 2016
  • Author: Johanna_Rothman
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I spoke with Dave Prior on a podcast for Projects at Work. The podcast is titled “Influential Agile Leader.” We spoke about how leaders need to practice coaching and influence, and how to use experiential approaches to helping people learn how.

You can learn with Gil Broza and me at the Influential Agile Leader. We are leading sessions in Boston April 6-7 and in London May 4-5. We will close registration March 24, so register now.

Am I doing a good job? Some tips on getting feedback.

Maybe you have a performance review coming up? Maybe you want to work as part of a community of practice to improve your game?

Where do you look for tips and advice?

Blogs with discussions on how a role should be played? These will be useful data points but are based upon someone else's experience. It's valuable. But only so much as asking an experience person who has never stepped into your office and met you team or customers.

Consultants with frameworks that look across organisations? Useful to see what the industry is doing, and you may get some good tips.  But following consultant frameworks is a recipe for regression to the mean. It's useful if you are a low performing organisation, but if you are better than average, do you really want to shift your performance towards the middle?

Potentially the best place to get feedback (and many people are going to say 'of course!') is your own local context.

Here is a quick map of some places you could get ideas. All you need to do is make time and go ask a few people how things are going in relation to your work.


Cycle Time in Hours to Place Purchase Order

  • 8 March 2016
  • Author: APQC
  • Number of views: 18
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APQC's perspective on Open Standards Benchmarking in Procurement data related to the cycle time to place a purchase order.

The Taiwanese Government has gamified Tax Collection since 1951!

  • 8 March 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
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Government Gamification on Tax Collection Taiwan is my home country and as I became more knowledgeable in gamification, I continue to be more impressed with the level of gamification that is implemented in its society and culture (without these innovations ever really being called gamification). One of the things I have been most impressed with […]

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Can I Get Credit For That?

  • 4 March 2016
  • Author: LeadingAgile
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In the last few weeks, I’ve been asked the same question over and over.

Can I get credit for that?

I’ve been consistent in my position that nobody outside the immediate team cares about the tasks and the hours associated with them. Nobody is keeping score.  Nobody wants to give you credit for anything, unless it’s going to make or save the company money.  So many people are living in a reality of years ago, when productivity was being measured by the hours worked.  I will ask a team to make and meet their commitments.  But the question won’t be “will you work 40 hours this week”.  The question is “can you complete this capability, this sprint or this release”.  It’s not about how busy you are or your utilization.  I care about throughput.

We focus on outcomes over activities now.

  • You need to do analysis work. Do you get credit for that? No.
  • You need to do design work. Do you get credit for that? No.
  • You need to write acceptance tests. Do you get credit for that? No.
  • You need to make changes to the system, demonstrate those changes to a customer, and get the customer to accept those changes.  Do you get credit for that? Yes! Yes, you do!

Focus on that last one. Of all of it, none of it has value, but it may be necessary. Focus on demonstrating value to the customer.

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Waving the Agile Flag?

  • 3 March 2016
  • Author: Johanna_Rothman
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I spoke with a potential client last week. She said, “I’m waving the agile flag. But no one cares.”

I wrote a Pragmatic Manager to sort through what I wanted to say to her. Read it at Feeling Alone on Your Agile Journey.

If you feel stuck in the middle, or you’re alone, or you don’t know what to do to help your agile transition succeed, join Gil Broza and me at the Influential Agile Leader in Boston (April 6-7) and London (May 4-5).

You don’t have to feel alone. You don’t have to be stuck in the middle. You have options.

New year, new focus: How customer context improves customer experience

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 5
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Consider this: 82% of customers stopped doing business with brands due to a bad experience, and 79% of customers tell others about their bad experience. Clearly, it’s time to stop talking about customer centricity and do something ...

Context is next: Are you ready for the next wave in marketing?

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 4
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This webinar, presented by Scott Anderson, CMO at Sitecore, will explore how visionary context marketers are shifting their mindset and acquiring the necessary technology to understand every customer and use that intelligence to ...

Thinking beyond, and before, the abandoned cart

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 2
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Cart abandonment, digital advertising (especially when faced with ad-blocking software), and discrete digital stores are relics of the past when it comes to e-commerce. Consider this: How much revenue do you think $1 spent on ...

Mobile Insights: Expert answers to 5 essential questions on creating a winning mobile experience

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 4
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This white paper features answers from Sitecore partner agencies to five questions about the mobile digital experience: challenges commonly faced; the best time for planning the mobile experience; what to look for in a dev ...

How mobile leaders connect with customers in context

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 4
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Mobile isn’t about devices, it’s about people. Understanding this helps mobile leaders deliver contextual content that creates personalized mobile customer experiences. With a mobile leadership mindset, you can build a platform ...

Mobile is eating the world - Four ways to rethink customer experiences as mobile-first and mobile-only

  • 1 March 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 4
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Studies show mobile consumers look at their phones an average of 1,500 times each week and spend 177 minutes on their phone each day. With every swipe, tap, and zoom, iCustomers are learning to expect that every business look, ...

[Octalysis Guest Post] The Alchemy of Ingress

  • 29 February 2016
  • Author: Yu-Kai_Chou
  • Number of views: 5
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“Ingress is an acceptable lifestyle choice”  – @Hosette, R1 How Ingress uses gamification and the 8 Core Drives of Octalysis to engage users (Below is a guest post by Anne Miles. Email yukai[at]yukaichou[dot]com if you have would like to guest post about gamification/Octalysis/Behavioral Design) For the past three years I’ve been immersed in a global […]

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for BPM-Platform-Based Case Management Frameworks

  • 25 February 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 4
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Read this report from Gartner to learn why IBM is named a Leader in Case Management and is well positioned in ability to execute and completeness of vision. Discover how IBM can accelerate the delivery of unique and flexible case ...

MDW Advisors Report: The Central Role of Content Management in Case Management

  • 25 February 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 12
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MWD Advisors report on how Case Management technology can help drive effective outcomes and how a clear Content Management strategy underpins success in Case Management.

Forrester Report: The Forrester Total Economic Impact of IBM Datacap

  • 25 February 2016
  • Author: IT_Toolbox
  • Number of views: 5
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What is the total economic impact of IBM Datacap? This Forrester paper examines the total economic impact and potential ROI that enterprises may realize and provides a framework for how to measure financial impact in their ...
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